The Sabres' O'Reilly helps Canada beat Norway

May 15, 2017 - 12:42 pm

(WGR 550) - Canada had little trouble in disposing of Norway at the IIHF World Championship, 5-0. The Sabres' Ryan O’Reilly had a great chance early being awarded a penalty shot. He came in and shot it over the top of net. He did score a power play goal in the third period. He also picked up an assist.

O’Reilly had a gorgeous assist taken away. He found the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds for a tap-in, but when goalie Henrik Haukeland pushed off the post to get across the crease, he knocked the net off so the goal was disallowed.

O’Reilly had a new line playing with Philadelphia forwards Simmonds and Claude Giroux. I thought O’Reilly was again one of Canada’s better players. He played 16:38 and had four shots to go with his two points.

Former Sabre Chad Johnson of Calgary was in net and he went the final 40 minutes in the game facing just two shots. He did not see a shot in the third period. Johnson made 10 saves to earn his shutout.

Canada got two goals from St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko. Singles came from Brayden Schenn of the Flyers and Winnipeg’s Mark Schiefele. Nate MacKinnon of Colorado had three assists.

Haukeland was very busy for Norway making 43 saves.

With the win, the Canadians have clinched first place in Group B. Canada has one more preliminary game on Tuesday against Finland.

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